What we know about Robert Mueller’s investigation

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, left, leave the East Room of the White House in Washington, after speaking on the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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At least several people who are or have been close to President Trump have been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

The news has come in dribs and drabs, but there are plenty of signs that special counsel Robert Mueller has been hard at work on the Russia investigation, even as three congressional investigations are struggling.

Interest has been stoked by a report Friday night by CNN that someone has been indicted in Mueller’s investigation, but so far that report hasn’t been confirmed by other news organizations.

Experts on complex white collar crime cases describe such probes as intricate chess games that involve seeking and scrutinizing documents, interviewing witnesses, and negotiations between high-powered lawyers.


News reports have described a variety of moves by Mueller to obtain documents and talk to witnesses, though there is undoubtedly even more going on that hasn’t yet come to light, particularly since a grand jury has been empaneled and its proceedings are secret.

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Here is a review of what we know right now about the investigation:

■ Reince Priebus, former Trump chief of staff, was interviewed this month for a full day by Mueller’s team, the Washington Post reported.

■ Sean Spicer, former Trump press secretary, was interviewed this month by Mueller’s team, reported.

■ Keith Kellogg, chief of staff of the National Security Council has been interviewed, Bloomberg News reported.


■ Mueller has told the White House that his team would likely seek to interview Priebus and Spicer, along with communications director Hope Hicks; White House counsel Don McGahn; James Burnham, a McGahn deputy; and Josh Raffel, a spokesman who works closely with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reported.

■ Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, was interviewed this summer, ABC News reported.

■ Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, testifed before a grand jury convened by Mueller, the Financial Times reported.

■ Mueller’s team has asked the White House for documents related to the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, the New York Times reported.

■ Mueller’s team has asked the White House for documents about the firing of FBI director James Comey, the firing of Flynn, and President Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, the New York Times reported.


■ A top lawyer on Mueller’s team has been researching pardons, in case Trump were to try to pardon someone in his circle, Bloomberg News reported.

■ Mueller’s team subpoenaed Manafort’s former attorney and his current spokesman, CNN reported.

■ Mueller’s team subpoenaed public relations executives who worked on an international campaign organized by Manafort, NBC News reported.

■ FBI agents raided Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia, home in July, a move described by experts as unusually aggressive, National Public Radio reported.

■ President Trump’s legal team is wrestling with how much to cooperate with Mueller, the New York Times reported in a story whose genesis was a Times reporter overhearing a conversation between two members of Trump’s legal team eating lunch at a restaurant.

■ The Republican National Committee has spent nearly a quarter-million dollars on Trump legal bills, reported.